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Throughout Southern California, the needs of mental health patients that are charged with criminal accusations are going unmet, sometimes even unrecognized. This is because the criminal defense attorneys out there are often unfamiliar with crucial components of insanity such as the history of the M'Naghten Rule and how it applies to cases of NGI and mental health criminal offenses. However, the lack of legal knowledge surrounding such cases is being rectified by the team of defense lawyers at Lessem & Newstat, LLP. For more than 50 years, the lawyers at the firm have worked to represent a wide range of criminal matters which defendants may be accused of in the state of California. Our legal services extend to persons seeking standard criminal defense representation, as well as individuals in need of more unique services such as defense in the mental health courts or representation in a sanity hearing.

For anyone accused of a crime, the host of consequences that could possibly accompany a formal conviction of guilt stand to dramatically alter the defendant's lifestyle. This is especially true when an accusation of a sexually violent predator charge is made on behalf of an individual who may be in need of a Murphy Conservatorship or a stay in the treatment vs. jail. Unfortunately, persons in need of treatment beyond that which is offered in the prison system are sometimes wrongly jailed and punished in a way that is detrimental to their already impaired mental health. Therefore, it is vital to the wellbeing of any unstable person to seek legal representation from an Orange County mental health lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest is made.

Orange County Lawyer for Mental Health Defense Cases

The rights of the mentally disabled should not be compromised under any circumstance, particularly that of a criminal accusation and potential conviction. Unfortunately, this is too often the case for mentally ill individuals that may not have been able to discern the totality of their actions as they were being committed. In these situations, a criminal offense could be committed without a person's ability to recognize the potential effect of their actions. A combined 50+ years of courtroom experience can be put to work on behalf of mental health defendants who choose to work with our firm. Our lawyers have been in the business of criminal defense long enough to know just what it takes to successfully bring a case before the jury and obtain dismissals or not guilty verdicts.. In fact, we have done so for hundreds of our clients. It is always our intention to have cases dismissed or reduced, particularly those that involve patients suffering from impaired mental health. We know the devastation that can come from a wrongful conviction or too harsh sentence, and we are willing to do everything in our power to make sure that this does not happen for our clients.

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To learn more about how our team can help in the representation and defense of your case, contact an Orange County mental health attorney today.


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Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Ventura, CA 93003

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